15
Mar
12

The Perils of Leadership

The book of Micah begins:

“The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

“Hear, O peoples, all of you, listen, O earth and all who are in it, that the Sovereign LORD may witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.”  — Micah 1:1-2

Why Samaria and Jerusalem?  Because these were the royal cities of both Israel and Judah.  They were the most influential of the cities in the Promised Land, and as we will see, they were prominent in leading people away from God through the establishment of the high places and idolatry.  It is a sobering thing to be set up as a leader and a central focus.  There is an awesome responsibility to be upheld in such a position.  And failure to hold with the ethics of this position will be met with God’s judgment.  The cities of Samaria and Jerusalem were a testament to this.

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